Minister Jeff Radebe would not be drawn on the strongly worded statement issued on Wednesday by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) accusing the US Embassy of undermining the government and creating an impression of ineptitude.
EWN's Barry Bateman who was reporting on the post Cabinet briefing, says the Minister in the Presidency reiterated that South Africa has strong cordial relations with the United States and the two countries will continue to engage in talks.
Bateman says it appears Cabinet is distancing itself from Dirco's hard hitting statement and taking a very different tone.
The Presidency and government are taking a far more measured and diplomatic stance and not accusing or making allegations against the US Embassy.— Barry Bateman, EWN reporter
Bateman says at the briefing, Radebe noted the GDP contraction announced this week. He said government is set to implement interventions in the most affected sectors such as mining. The ratings status quo gives them the space to do so, and will help to turn the economy around.
This article first appeared on 702 : Presidency adopts a different tone to Dirco in dealings with the US